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How To Stop The Spread Of Damp And Mould In The Winter

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When the cold weather comes it usually brings the rain with it. We combat the chill by raising the temperature inside our homes which causes a build-up of moisture, which is the leading cause of mould. Mould isn’t just unsightly; it is also unhealthy, so taking measures to prevent the spread during the winter is something all homeowners should be on top of. If your property is suffering from damp and mould growth, now is the time to identify the cause and find the solution.

The Causes Of Damp

There are 3 main causes of damp within a property:

• Leaks – Unnoticed leaks in your home can lead to serious problems, like penetrating damp and wet rot. If you notice a wall is suffering from damp patches it is a sign of leakage. Examine the pipes surrounding the damp area to check for cracks or damage, make sure there are no blockages, ensure the roof is sound and ensure windows are well sealed. If you catch the leak early you can avoid costly damage.

• Rising Damp – All buildings are surrounded by outside moisture. Bricks and stones are naturally porous so need to be treated to ensure they don’t suck up the outside moisture. If you spot the signs of rising damp it is important to tackle it quickly as it can lead to timber decay and reduce the conductivity of the of the wall. The most common signs of rising damp are water marks above skirting boards and peeling wallpaper. Call in an expert when you spot the signs to increase your chances of a cheap, simple fix.

• Condensation – Arguably the most common cause of damp within the home is condensation, which is caused by moisture in the air becoming trapped inside of a property. It’s common in the winter as it’s caused when warm, centrally heated air comes into contact with cold surfaces such as windows, which can then turn into black mould. By increasing the ventilation within your property you can reduce the moisture in the air and cut the chances of condensation.

Here at Injecta our specialist team have over 40 years of experience helping properties overcome damp. Our second to none service includes treating dry rot and wormwood, damp proofing and more, so if you suspect damp in your property get in touch today to speak to a member of our team.

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